Serdar Seven: CUT & PASTE -FRAGMENTS OF LIFE
21.03.18 - 11.04.18
Making collages has always been at the back of my mind even while I was working with oil on canvas but it wasn’t until 2014 that I switched completely to this new medium – analogue / paper collage.
I was already collecting materials for collages back then for ongoing canvas work but once I got into it full time, I started collecting and amassing my own library of books to cut.
I’m interested in the past in the sense that it shows us how life was lived back then. Through my collages I create something contemporary while exploring the past, creating new meanings from found imagery.
The black and white imagery I prefer lends itself to this nostalgic feeling of days passed, giving it a touch of melancholy. At the same time, black and white images create a stark contrast so they are interesting to use from an artistic point of view: the shadows and highlights, the mystique in the details and the line between fantasy and reality.
My work mostly focuses on particular objects such as mountains, for their massive and organic forms, as well as ancient Greek sculptures and architectural elements for the time that they represent.
I mostly start working with a few pieces of source material and cut-out clippings, then assemble a composition and see where it takes me. At times, it works the other way around: the start is the title that is already formed in my head and for which I then start searching and assembling pieces.
Music and poetry have played a significant role in the development of my visual language. A song or a book often make up the emotional starting point, an idea that I then engage with my mind and hands until the emotion manifests into a collage.
At the same time, I have been influenced greatly by romantic painters such as C.D.Friedrich as well as some of the pioneers of contemporary analog collage and Robert Raushenberg.
With my first solo exhibition at Gama Gallery I want to introduce the wonderful medium of analogue collages to a wider audience. Collages are so much more than glueing something onto something else, they open up endless possibilities of creating new worlds from existing materials -your unique world.